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Disrupting QBs is what Beasley does.
Vic Beasley surprised fans and experts alike when he opted to return for his senior season as a Tiger. After all, it's not often that a draft-eligible player leads his conference in sacks and opts to return for another season of college football. Unfortunately for Georgia, that's exactly what Beasley did.
Beasley told Heather Dinich of ESPN.com that he wanted to maximize his chances of NFL success, saying, "I knew that I could get better and I also wanted to finish school."
Last season, Beasley notched 23 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including 13 sacks. Perhaps most notable for Georgia fans, however, was his performance against the Dawgs last year. In the season-opener, he registered two sacks and pressured quarterback Aaron Murray for much of the game.
Last year, Beasley took advantage of a reshuffled Georgia offensive line that saw John Theus (who made 14 starts as a true freshman in 2012) out of the starting lineup and saw Kolton Houston playing and starting in his first collegiate football game. As the new lineup settled in, Beasley found space on the outside.
This year, both Theus and Houston will be back to start at the tackle positions, and inexperience won't be a factor on the outside of the line. If Georgia can establish the two guard spots and develop cohesion, Beasley's efforts might be negated.
That being said, he's still one of the nation's best pass-rushers. Even if he doesn't register a sack from his defensive end position, it's all but guaranteed that he'll be quietly disrupting the offense.